Written by Jürgen Hase, Vice President of M2M Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom
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At present, over 100 million vending machines, vehicles, smoke alarms, and other devices are sharing information automatically. In 2012, major initiatives from operators such as Deutsche Telekom, included the launch of the M2M Marketplace, for buyers and sellers of M2M products, and the launch of the M2M Developer Community to support solution developers and users in the growing market.
The following developments are expected in 2013:
- Middleware layers will speed up development and deployment:New horizontal middleware layers for M2M will emerge. Placed on top of existing layers such as connectivity and device management, they will provide support for common tasks in all industries – for instance, in setting up heterogenous sensor networks for industrial monitoring. This will accelerate the development and deployment of M2M solutions, while drastically reducing development costs. Huge benefits are expected for both solution developers and adopters.
- Big Data: M2M is about to enter the next evolutionary stage:at the moment we collect data, but the real benefits of M2M will become apparent by analysing this data. Today, it is already possible to detect attrition in production facilities by analysing data in real time. Combined with machine learning algorithms, such applications will recognise more and more patterns and allow completely new insights in our businesses.
- Alliances:M2M is not a local based business. In 2013, we will witness a number of strategic alliances, which will shape the future of the M2M market. They will work to overcome a major challenge in the long run: to provide seamless services in all countries. Furthermore, alliances are necessary to improve quality of service and establish M2M communication standards.
- Automotive drives M2M in Europe:In Europe the main driver of M2M adoption will be the automotive industry. The European Union has decided that starting in 2015 all newly registered motor vehicles must be equipped with an eCall emergency call system. Automotive manufacturers will focus on integrating embedded SIMs to comply with this regulation. Furthermore, telematics and connected entertainment services are additional M2M solutions, which will be subject to mass-production.
- Health drives M2M in the USA:Healthcare will be a main driver of M2M in the USA. Using M2M devices, a patient’s state of health can be monitored continuously. A computer checks readings such as blood pressure, pulse or blood sugar level and notifies a doctor or care workers in the event of an emergency. As American health insurances recognise the potential long term savings, they will subsidise a great number of M2M solutions in 2013.
About Deutsche Telekom
Headquartered in Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 129 million mobile customers, almost 34 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (as of March 31, 2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Present in around 50 countries with over 235,000 employees worldwide, Deutsche Telekom generated revenue of €58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).